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Ruth Cooper-Brown is a Fight Director and Teacher and co-founder of Rc-Annie Ltd (est 2005 with Rachel Bown-Williams), the Chair, an examiner & certified teacher for the BADC. Notable theatre credits are: King John (Royal and Derngate/Shakespeare's Globe), Way Up Stream (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Famous Victories of Henry V (RSC), Playing for Time & Blasted (Sheffield Crucible), Kill Johnny Glendenning (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh), The James Plays (NTS/NT), MOJO (Sonia Friedman Productions), Red Velvet (Tricycle Theatre) and Dunsinane (NTS/RSC).

Michael trained at the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris after completing a BA in Performance Theatre at York University. He is Artistic Director of Square Peg Theatre who focus on combining new writing with physical theatre to create bold, cinematic and highly choreographed stories for the stage. More info via

Kate has been working at ALRA North since 2012. She also works across the north of England as a freelance Movement Director, Choreographer and teacher and runs a bodywork practice using Pilates and release-based techniques with physical performers. Originally trained in contemporary dance at the Laban Centre of Movement and Dance, Kate has worked at many organisations including Dundee Repertory Theatre, Opera North, Manchester Youth Theatre, Edge Hill University.

After graduating from GSA, Gareth trained at the Jacques Lecoq school in Paris. Since returning he’s worked with some of the fastest growing theatre companies in the UK, including Punchdrunk, Slung Low, Rough Fiction and the award winning curious directive, of which he’s a Creative Associate. As a performance capture artist he has worked on over 30 video games as well as multiple feature films. He is Movement Associate of The Mocap Vaults who teach performance capture techniques to the new generation of actors, animators and directors, preparing them for a life in lycra.

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